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March

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  • Deadhead daffodils as the flowers finish and let the foliage die back naturally.

  • Dead-head Hydrangeas before new growth appears. Cut to about one third of last season's growth.

  • Finish cutting back any dead foliage left on your perennials and ornamental grasses to make way for new growth.

  • Trim winter-flowering heathers as the flowers disappear, to prevent the plants becoming leggy.

  • Prune overwintered fuchsias back to one or two buds on each shoot.

  • Roses should be fed with a special rose feed or a balanced fertiliser as they come into growth and prune. Roses are greedy plants and will greatly benefit from feeding as they come into growth.

  • Plant out any forced flower bulbs in the garden, such as hyacinths and daffodils which have finished flowering indoors.

  • If the soil is workable, dig in a 5cm (or more) layer of compost or well-rotted manure into your beds to prepare for the growing season ahead. You can also work in a general-purpose fertiliser such as pelleted chicken manure or fish, blood and bone.

  • If you need to move deciduous trees or shrubs, now is the time to do it provided the soil is not frozen or waterlogged.

  • Feed trees, shrubs and hedges with a slow-release fertiliser by lightly forking it into the soil surface.

  • Plant herbaceous perennials. Lift and divide established perennial plants now to improve their vigour and create new plants for your garden.
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